River Science

The purpose of SYRCL’s River Science program is to ensure that our work is informed by the best science available.

The goal of the River Science Program is to provide scientific information where it is most vitally needed to support the protection and restoration of the Yuba River watershed. The program involves monitoring, research, data analysis, watershed assessment, watershed coordination, education and collaboration.

SYRCLs’ staff scientist is trained in hydrology, fisheries, stream ecology and watershed management.  The River Science Program also draws on  a network of associates including personnel from resource agencies, research scientists from universities, and consulting professionals who often donate their time to SYRCL. While the pursuit of science is necessarily objective, many scientists are passionately interested in the Yuba River, and nine of them serve on SYRCLs’ Science Committee which meets every two months.

River Monitoring

Gary_snorkel_close_072205_tbd.sizedCitizen-based projects, including monthly water quality testing, to monitor the health of the Yuba River and tributaries.


Developing and implementing scientifically supported projects which protect biodiversity and restore watershed health.

Dams and Hydropower

SYRCL works with a diverse coalition of conservation groups through the process of hydropower project relicensing.

Yuba Salmon Now

The Yuba Salmon Now campaign envisions a day when wild salmon swim freely from the summit to the sea― liberated from the threat of extinction and restored to their ecological prominence in our state’s natural heritage―and once again provide jobs, world-renowned fishing, and a source of healthy food.

Cooperative Watershed Management

Engaging resource management entities for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River watershed.


RiverDB is an information system that provides data, documents, photos, maps and tools for people interested in the condition of the Yuba River watershed. RiverDB is designed to facilitate collaborative work among organizations, and to promote a science-based understanding of the entire Yuba River watershed.